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Louis van Gaal emerged as favourite to take over at Manchester United on the
night their championship bandwagon was brought to a halt by Liverpool.

Sir Alex: Successor found?
(StuForster/Allsport)
As Sir Alex Ferguson saw Danny Murphy score the only goal at Old Trafford,
Dutchman Van Gaal became the No.1 name at the top of the list of candidates
to succeed him this summer.

Van Gaal leaves his job as coach of Holland today and United are so
confident they will get their man that they hope to be in a position to make
an official announcement within weeks.

Murphy's 85th-minute strike at the near post lifted Liverpool into third,
just two points behind United. The midfielder also scored a spectacular
winner when Liverpool won at Old Trafford last season.

Soccernet can reveal that United's plc board have now identified former
Ajax, Barcelona and Holland coach Van Gaal as the man to succeed Ferguson.

The Dutchman has already indicated that he would love the job and, having
learned that England coach Sven Goran Eriksson is not ready to walk out on a
contract that runs until 2006, United turned their attention to Van Gaal.

Chief executive Peter Kenyon said last summer that Ferguson's successor must
have a record of European success, the ability to develop young players and
have good English.

While Van Gaal has been most recently in the news for parting company with
Holland after failing to qualify for the World Cup, United are more
impressed by a record going back more than a decade.

He first came to prominence with his team of home-grown players at Ajax,
where nursed the likes of Patrick Kluivert through the club's youth system
to claim the Champions League in 1995.

If appointed, Van Gaal will bring recently-sacked Ajax boss Co Adriaanse to
Old Trafford as head of his youth set-up, a move United have already
approved. Kenyon is well acquainted with Van Gaal, a fluent English speaker,
through the links he formed with Ajax during his previous career at
sportswear company Umbro.

Crucially, the Dutchman is also favoured by Ferguson, whom he impressed
during their meetings through Europe's G14 organisation and United's games
against Barcelona in Europe.

In his autobiography, Ferguson named Van Gaal as one the three coaches he
respects most, along with Marcelo Lippi of Juventus and Bayern's Ottmar
Hitzfeld.
 

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I really hope he doesnt come....I dont want United to become like Barca full of Dutch players.

Martin Oneill or Otmar Hitzfield are the men for the job !
no1 else !
 

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I also heard this and all i can say is....

BWAHAHAHAHA! :D i feel bad for you guys already! :) i am pretty sure he is working on his excuses already ! :dielaugh:
 

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With the arrival of Van Gaal will mean the subsequent departure of the british lads to be replaced by VG's luggage containing the likes of Reiziger, Bogard, Coco, Zenden, De Boer, and the rest of the dutch bandwagon...:D

..at least RVN will be with his pals.. and may be Stam will decide to join wagon...;)
 

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With the arrival of Van Gaal will mean the subsequent departure of the british lads to be replaced by VG's luggage containing the likes of Reiziger, Bogard, Coco, Zenden, De Boer, and the rest of the dutch bandwagon...:D

..at least RVN will be with his pals.. and may be Stam will decide to join wagon...;)
Yes i guess he buy player that sux , he did that in Barca.:rolleyes:
 

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ooh man
we dont want him
if he came he'll kick many players out or he will fight with them and but them in the bench till they leave and bring Holland players our players are good man!!we dont want him
 

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Van gaal, whith Capello and Lippi are coaches which the old jock apparantly admires. So seeing that Alex has a big hand in appointing the next man, and with capello and lippi not going anywhere so they say, then van gaal is ur man so it seems.:)
 

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Guys if this is true, then I must say...God help you all!!You're done!:D

With all due sympathy...I cant say im not pleased!!:D
 

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the board aren't likely to appoint o'neill just yet, as he doesn't have the european experience. van gaal is available and has a proven track record in europe and with youth. he's produced some of the best players in the world today.
 

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ha i'll laugh my bollocks off if you get that muppet,i bet RVN will be pleased with that mug :D :D :D :D
 

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No Van Gal please horrible coach at Barcelona and Holland they both went nowhere with him,I want someone like Erikson,Robson,Oliveira,Capello.
 
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